[QUOTE=Arachne;2115552]…following on from what Albert said, I would recommend picking up an NEC/Optiarc for CDR/RW burning duties (newest ones are the 72xx series) - my older NEC/Optiarc 5170S (and even older NEC 4551A) both do a sterling job in that respect. :)[/QUOTE]
But again here’s the thing - and again refer to the graph: The CD players on my Sony X-Plod boombox(monstrosity if you’ve ever seen one ), the JVC DVD unit in my home theater, the CD in my '05 Malibu, my wife’s equally young Toyota, and any CD or DVD unit I’ve played them on in a store has NO PROBLEM with the ones I’ve burned at home on my Vista Machine, despite all the “jitters” it may be prone to.
As for CD-Rs(write-once only if I’m correct?) they will NOT play on the older gear listed above at all, despite CD-R’s reputation for better pit contrast and being overall closer to Redbook. The newer players will either struggle to play them or cannot play them at all.
I will switch to the Sony brand of CD-R and see what happens.
If nothing improves I will dispense with the antiquated process of burning discs and get with the freakin’ program by purchasing a MP3 player.